Shock team selection for Cardiff Blues’ crucial trip to Leicester Tigers

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There are some surprising selections as Cardiff Blues make eight changes to the starting XV that will line-up against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on Sunday, 3.15pm kick-off.

Suggestions of interference from Wayne Pivac are rife as Seb Davies starts at number eight, and particularly surrounding the selection of Josh Adams at outside centre, with Wales currently suffering a crisis in that position due to Jon Davies’ knee injury.

Seb is one of four changes in the pack with Corey Domachowski and the returning Dillon Lewis starting at tighthead, while Shane Lewis-Hughes returns to the blindside flank as Josh Navidi switches across to the openside where he captains the side.

In the backs there are a number of changes as Lloyd Williams and Jason Tovey form a new half-back pairing, while Rey Lee-Lo moves to inside centre to accommodate Josh Adams outside him.

Matthew Morgan returns to the starting XV at full-back with Jason Harries joining him on the wing, while Hallam Amos moves out to the opposite wing to form a new-look back three.

Surprises continue on the bench as John Mulvihill opts for a 6-2 selection, with Brad Thyer and another returner in Dmitri Arhip providing front row cover alongside Ethan Lewis, James Ratti is the second row and both Olly Robinson and Will Boyde cover back row.

Tomos Williams and Ben Thomas are dropped down to the replacements and will be the only backs.

Aside from Jarrod Evans being injured and the dropping of Scott Andrews and Keiron Assiratti being tactical, no explanations have been received regarding the absence of Nick Williams or Owen Lane.

Cardiff Blues: Matthew Morgan, Jason Harries, Josh Adams, Rey Lee-Lo, Hallam Amos, Jason Tovey, Lloyd Williams; Corey Domachowski, Liam Belcher, Dillon Lewis, Filo Paulo, Josh Turnbull, Shane Lewis-Hughes, Josh Navidi (c), Seb Davies

Replacements: Ethan Lewis, Brad Thyer, Dmitri Arhip, James Ratti, Will Boyde, Olly Robinson, Tomos Williams, Ben Thomas

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